The Decatur Garden Tour and the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gardens for Connoisseurs are both this month with lush landscapes designed to inspire.
The Decatur Garden Tour blooms again this year on May 5-6, featuring nine private gardens and three public gardens. This year’s theme is roses, which will be prominent in several gardens, including the 105 varieties of roses at Ryan Gainey’s famous garden.
The Decatur Cemetery will showcase recent renovations and provide tours. Providing fresh ideas and inspiration for garden enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, the tour is a fundraiser for the non-profit Oakhurst Community Garden Project.
All gardens on the tour will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Also on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., there’s an evening reception featuring the garden at Rose Hill, 620 Pinetree Drive, with music and light refreshments.
Tickets are $20 in advance, online at, or at these Decatur retailers: Intown ACE Hardware, Smith ACE Hardware and The Seventeen Steps. Tickets purchased in advance online will be available at the Oakhurst Garden during Tour hours. Tickets are $25 the day of the tour and will be sold at the Oakhurst Community Garden Project at 435 Oakview Road and at Ryan Gainey’s garden, 129 Emerson Ave. Children 12 and under are free.
From tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban spaces, the 2012 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour showcases eleven spectacular private gardens representing the finest in garden design.
This year’s self-guided tour is Saturday and Sunday, May 12 – 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Both gardening enthusiasts and the “garden curious” can explore the design and planting ideas created by local landscape architects, garden designers, and local gardeners.
The tour is an annual Mother’s Day Weekend tradition since 1984 with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets are $25 in advance (available online at or $30 on the day of the tour (cash or check only.)
Advance tickets are also available at these Intown retailers: Ashe-Simpson Garden Center, Bates Ace Hardware, B.D. Jeffries, Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, C’est Moi, Garden*Hood, Glyn Weakley Interiors, Habersham Gardens, Hastings Nature & Garden Center, Intown Ace Hardware, Mint Julep, Lush Life and The Chandlery.